James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 6 Days

Van Riemsdyk scored his first goal in 11 games in Saturday's 4-3 OT win over Winnipeg. The goal was the game winner.He has just three goals and two assists in his last 18 games -- it's hard to be colder than that. He's worthy of a fantasy benching -- you can't keep rolling that kind of anchor.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 9 Days

Van Riemsdyk recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Panthers.It's the first point of February for van Riemsdyk, who had been held off the score sheet for the previous seven games. To make matters worse, he had gone minus-6 during that stretch, dropping him to minus-23 for the season. His scoring should start to gradually turn around, but with the Leafs seemingly packing it in for 2014-15, van Riemsdyk no longer looks like the breakout candidate many believed he would be heading into the season. In shallower or mid-sized formats, it might be wise to bench him until his production starts to turn around.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 30 Days

Van Riemsdyk scored the Leafs' only goal in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Devils.

He scored in the Leafs' last game before the All-Star break and now again in the first one after. This game, he fired a whopping eight shots on net. It's a great sign for both JVR and the Leafs. Use him. We think he's back in the saddle.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 1 Month

Van Riemsdyk attempted five shots on goal in Monday's loss to the Hurricanes, but was a dreadful minus-4 over his 21:29 of ice time.

The Leafs' 1-8 month of January has been to the great detriment of van Riemsdyk, who has produced an ugly minus-14 rating for the month. His value has been further drained by his failure to produce a point in five straight games, representing his longest drought of the season. Per TSN's Jonas Siegel, interim coach Pete Horachek plans on breaking up the line of van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, and Phil Kessel for Wednesday's game in Ottawa, with the hope that it will light a fire under the team's struggling stars.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 1 Month

Van Riemsdyk (illness) suited up for Wednesday's game, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.

Van Riemsdyk sat out the Maple Leafs' morning skate, but he was able to take the ice Wednesday night without missing any action.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 1 Month

Van Riemsdyk missed Wednesday's morning skate after feeling under the weather, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Interim coach Peter Horachek indicated afterward that the winger "should be available" for the game later in the evening against the Ducks.

Horachek's words seem to provide optimism that van Riemsdyk's illness isn't anything that will cost him any action, but fantasy owners will want to stay briefed on his status prior to Wednesday's game. Look for his availability to be officially confirmed during pregame warmups, which begin a half hour before the 10:00 p.m. ET scheduled start time for the game.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 2 Months

Van Riemsdyk scored twice, had an assist, and fired a season-high eight shots on goal in Friday's win over Columbus.

Can't stop, won't stop. JVR is a man on a mission this season. The 25-year-old now has five goals and 11 points in his last eight games, giving him 40 points in 42 games on the season. His 19 goals are eighth most in the league, while his 137 shots on goal are 10th most in the NHL. On pace for 37 goals and 80 points, JVR is a must-start every game. You miss me, Philly?

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 2 Months

Van Riemsdyk picked up an assist Saturday to stretch his current streak to three games and three points (one goal, two assists). He now has eight points in his last six games.

He's actually been rolling hard in his last 18 games -- he has 20 points, including eight goals, in that span. You know what to do.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 2 Months

Van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.

That makes five points (two goals, three assists) in his last two games and 17, including seven goals, in his last 14. He's picked up his pace -- his first 17 points came in 22 games. Ride this roll as long as you can.

James van Riemsdyk LW TOR 2 Months

Van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 win over the Stars on Tuesday night.

He set up the winner in the first minute of the game and then scored on a breakaway in the second. He also picked up a helper on the empty netter that sealed the game. He has 11 points, including five goals, in his last nine games. You know what to do.